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California lottery player LaQuedra Edwards wins $10 million by accident

Moments after LaQuedra Edwards put her $40 lottery allowance in a lottery vending machine at a Southern California grocery store, she said a ‘rude person’ ran into her, forcing her to press on the wrong button.

She usually chose cheaper lottery scratchers, but accidentally selected the selection for a $30 ticket, she said, according to a statement released Wednesday by the California State Lottery.

She told state lottery officials that the person who shoved her “didn’t say anything and just walked through the door.”

Irritated, she walked to her car and scratched the ticket – then found she had won the $10million prize.

“I didn’t really believe it at first,” Edwards said, according to the statement. She said she started driving but kept staring at the winning ticket. “I stopped, watched it over and over, scanned it with my [California Lottery mobile] app, and I kept thinking that couldn’t be true,” she added.

A woman had a winning lottery ticket. She threw it away.

California lottery scratchers range from $1 to $30.

State lottery officials said Edwards purchased the winning 200X Scratchers ticket for $30 in November from a Lottery Scratchers vending machine at a Vons supermarket in Tarzana, Calif., a neighborhood in Los Angeles.

The odds of winning $10 million – the top prize – playing 200X Scratchers are 1 in over 3 million, according to state lottery statistics. But strange things happen when you play the lottery. A woman checked her email spam folder and found she had won $3 million in the lottery. Another woman accidentally threw away her winning ticket.

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Edwards said she plans to use her winnings to buy a house and start her own nonprofit, officials say.

“I’m still in shock,” she told officials. “All I remember saying once I found out how much I had just earned was, ‘I’m rich!’ ”

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